On January 14th, I sent the following email as a follow-up to the Newtown Township's meetings on the Sewage Facilities Plan Proposal to Newtown Township Manager Trio and copied all of the supervisors:
Can you please provide further information about timeframes on the proposed 537 plan update:
1. Will there be any further meetings for residents to provide information and receive questions/comments concerning the 537 plan before the Supervisors are asked to take action on the plan?
2. At last week's meeting,Mr. MacCombie said that he would be moving the Goshen Road Pump Station. Can you provide information as to where it will move?
3. Have you directed Mr. MacCombie to make any changes and/or to meet with any individual homeowners' concerning suggestions that were made at last week's meeting? For example, have you asked Mr. MacCombie to look into providing gravity systems to all homeowners in Echo Valley? Have you asked that he meet with Ray Lopez to further look into suggestions provided by Ray and Kevin Matson at the meeting?
4. When will the Supervisors take action on the plan?
When a week went by with no response, I sent the email again on January 20th. This time, I sent the email directly to both Manager Trio as well as all of the supervisors. In response to my questions, only one supervisor responded with only the information that Trio wants to advertise a special vote for the 537 on February 4, 2013. Other than this information, no answers to my questions have been provided.
In the meantime, I received a copy of a letter which BPG had provided to the township in November 2011. The letter is provided with this post. Clearly, in November 2011, the township was including BPG in their sewage facilities planning. But, there were no meetings with residents concerning this proposed plan update until December 2012 and only after the proposed plan was done. And, at these meetings, a number of residents had questions and made recommendations for changes.
It seems clear to me by the numbers attending meetings about that plan that residents are very interested in the township’s proposed sewage facilities plan. It is not clear to me why the township waited so long to include residents in the planning process. It is also not clear to my why questions provided after the meetings with residents are left unanswered.